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MEND, v.t. [L. emendo, menda, a fault, spot or blemish.]

1. To repair, as a breach; to supply a part broken or defective; as, to mend a garment, a road, a mill-dam, a fence, &c.

2. To correct; to set right; to alter for the better; as, to mend the life or manners.

3. To repair; to restore to a sound state; as, to mend a feeble or broken constitution.

4. To help; to advance; to make better.

This plausible apology does not mend the matter.

Though in some lands the grass is but short, yet it mends garden herbs and fruit.

5. To improve; to hasten.

He saw the monster mend his pace.



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MEND, v.t. [L. emendo, menda, a fault, spot or blemish.]

1. To repair, as a breach; to supply a part broken or defective; as, to mend a garment, a road, a mill-dam, a fence, &c.

2. To correct; to set right; to alter for the better; as, to mend the life or manners.

3. To repair; to restore to a sound state; as, to mend a feeble or broken constitution.

4. To help; to advance; to make better.

This plausible apology does not mend the matter.

Though in some lands the grass is but short, yet it mends garden herbs and fruit.

5. To improve; to hasten.

He saw the monster mend his pace.

MEND, v.i.

To grow better; to advance to a better state; to improve. We say, a feeble constitution mends daily; a sick man mends, or is convalescent.


MEND, v.t. [L. emendo; Fr. amender; It. mendare; from L. menda, a fault, spot or blemish. Mend is contracted from emendo, amend, for the L. negative e for ex, is necessary to express the removal of a fault.]

  1. To repair, as a breach; to supply a part broken or defective; as, to mend a garment, a road, a mill-dam, a fence, &c.
  2. To correct; to set right; to alter for the better; as, to mend the life or manners.
  3. To repair; to restore to a sound state; as, to mend a feeble or broken constitution. Locke. 4. To help; to advance; to make better. This plausible apology does not mend the matter. Though in some lands the grass is but short, yet it mends garden herbs and fruit. Mortimer.
  4. To improve; to hasten. He saw the monster mend his pace. Dryden.

Mend
  1. To repair, as anything that is torn, broken, defaced, decayed, or the like] to restore from partial decay, injury, or defacement; to patch up; to put in shape or order again; to re-create; as, to mend a garment or a machine.
  2. To grow better; to advance to a better state; to become improved.

    Shak.
  3. To alter for the better; to set right; to reform; hence, to quicken; as, to mend one's manners or pace.

    The best service they could do the state was to mend the lives of the persons who composed it. Sir W. Temple.

  4. To help, to advance, to further; to add to.

    Though in some lands the grass is but short, yet it mends garden herbs and fruit. Mortimer.

    You mend the jewel by the wearing it. Shak.

    Syn. -- To improve; help; better; emend; amend; correct; rectify; reform.

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Mend

MEND, verb transitive [Latin emendo, menda, a fault, spot or blemish.]

1. To repair, as a breach; to supply a part broken or defective; as, to mend a garment, a road, a mill-dam, a fence, etc.

2. To correct; to set right; to alter for the better; as, to mend the life or manners.

3. To repair; to restore to a sound state; as, to mend a feeble or broken constitution.

4. To help; to advance; to make better.

This plausible apology does not mend the matter.

Though in some lands the grass is but short, yet it mends garden herbs and fruit.

5. To improve; to hasten.

He saw the monster mend his pace.

MEND, verb intransitive To grow better; to advance to a better state; to improve. We say, a feeble constitution mends daily; a sick man mends, or is convalescent.

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